Lucas Luhr earns second ALMS pole of the season in the Alex Job Racing Mckenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS; Trois Rivieres event live TV for 4 hours. TROIS RIVIERS, Que. - August 2 - Lucas Luhr, who has fallen several points behind teammate Sascha...
Lucas Luhr earns second ALMS pole of the season in the Alex Job Racing Mckenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS; Trois Rivieres event live TV for 4 hours.
TROIS RIVIERS, Que. - August 2 - Lucas Luhr, who has fallen several points behind teammate Sascha Maassen due to the Americans Le Mans Series driver points system, has made up one point this afternoon by putting his #23 Alex Job Racing Xybernaut McKenna Po rsche 911 GT3 RS on the GT pole for Saturday's Le Grand-Prix de Trois Rivieres to be held on the 1.52-mile street course 80 miles northeast of Montreal.
With one point awarded for the pole and another point awarded for the most time spent in the car, team owner Alex Job is trying hard to equalize the points with pole opportunities and pit stops, but it isn't easy.
"Ideally, the sanctioning body would award equal points to the two drivers, as this is truly a team sport and both drivers have to work together to score points. But, that is not the way it is done, so we try to alternate pole opportunities and race day d riving time so each driver can earn those extra points. But an accident, such as we had at Mid-Ohio, or a missed pole can skew the points either way," said Job.
Right now, Maassen leads Luhr by one point, but Lucas can tie his teammate with a point for most time in the car on Saturday - something Alex Job will try to engineer.
"You feel it's more of an accomplishment when you do well on a street circuit because it requires 100 percent concentration and there is no room for error," said Luhr, who also has a 24 Hours of Le Mans victory under his belt this year.
Second on the grid will be the #22 Alex Job Racing Porsche of Jorg Bergmeister/ Timo Bernhard, winners of the ALMS event at Road America July Fourth weekend. The #66 Kevin Buckler/Michael Schrom Racer's Group Porsche is fourth, right behind the Gabel/DeQu esada BMW M3.
A couple of Porsche drivers will miss this weekend due to personal commitments. The #42 Orbit Racing Porsche of Gary Schultheis/Tony Kester will not run due to the impending birth of a Schultheis offspring, while Michael Schrom will substitute for Brian C unningham in the #66 The Racer's Group Porsche as Brian is attending a family fuction.
With its victory at the Washington, D.C. race in July, Porsche now has 25 American Le Mans Series wins, dating back to the beginning of the series in 1999. No other manufacturer has reached 20 wins to date.
The American Le Mans Series Le Grand-Prix De Trois Rivieres will be broadcast live on the The Speed Channel television network starting at 2:00 PM Eastern time on Saturday, August 3. The 45-minute pre-race show will be a summary of the 2002 ALMS season a nd live interviews on the grid with the leading teams. The race, a timed three-hour event, starts at 2:45 PM EDT. It will be broadcast in Europe on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday, August 11, at 20:00 Central European Time on the Eurosport television ne twork. The Trois Rivieres event will be broadcast live online on the American Le Mans Radio Network, which can be accessed on the Web at www.imsaracing.net. That same American Le Mans Series/IMSA web site will also have live timing and scoring during the r ace event.
The official Porsche web site - www.porsche.com - will have qualifying information on the Road America event for all the Porsches entered, and will file stories and photos during and after the race. Porsche web site uses should click on "North America" fro m the home page when prompted to select a country, choose "motorsports," then "news" to find the ALMS updates. The Porsche Motorsport North America pages (www.porsche.com/motorsport) and the Porsche Cars North America media site (www.press.porsche.com - user ID and password are both the word "carrera") also have motorsports news, with the media site conta ining driver bios and team information as well.
Other Web sites that follow the ALMS events include The Race Site (www.theracesite.com), the Speed Channel site (www.speedTV.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorsport.com) , AutoSport magazine's site (www.autosport.com), AutoRacingDaily.com (www.autoracingdaily .com), Motorsport-news.com (www.motorsport-news.com), Crash.net (www.crash.net), Racelines.com (www.racelines.com), EnduranceSportsCar.com (www.endurancesportscar.com), AmericanRaceFan.com (www.americanracefan.com) and Daily Sports Car (www.dailysportscar .com).